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h oprah: we're back with colin goddard. he was shot 4 times during the virginia tech massacre. colin's mission has become the focus of a new documentary called "living for 32" because 32 people died that day. in the film, colin goes easy it is to get your hands on a gun. >> how you doing, sir? wonder if we could see your maadi
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egyptian. been looking at that thing. >> oh, and i need to see your driver's license. >> i don't have it on me. >> do you have it in the car? are you an ohio resident? oprah: without seeing any i.d., this seller readily hands over an assault rifle for cash. >> and this is what we bought at two gun shows in texas. oprah: from state to state, colin easily buys guns... >> excuse me, sir. how much you selling that for? >> 4. >> thank you. oprah: no questions aske o estás vendiendo >> you'll see a guy that's got just a couple of guns on the table--doesn't have a computer, doesn't have a phone--and when you ask him what do you got to do to buy this gun that he's got, he says sometimes, "all you need is a license," and sometimes you don't even need that. if you tell him you don't have it like i told him, he's like, "all right. well, that's all right." oprah: so do you feel you found your calling doing this?>> i did a >> i didn't know about this beforehand, so this opened my eyes, and it happened in a time
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of my life where i really didn't know what i wanted to do after college and all that, so it kind of all came together, and it was also that, and also after i heard about the shootings in pittsburgh and in binghamton, new york, i was like, "i have to address this. i have to do something about this. i can't just sit on the side anymore." oprah: were you surprised every time at how readily accessible guns were to you? >> yeah. these guys were just concerned about the money they were gonna make. i've been around guns beforehand. i'd shot guns. i've been to the range. i've been hunting before. i passed basic rifle marksmanship in army rotc. so it wasn't some foreign thing, but i didn't know that it was really that easy to buy, but when it comes to selling them, it's just like a tv. t bucks, and that's what they're concerned about. that blows my mind. oprah: so when you survive a random victimization such as the massacre there at the school and 32 people are killed, is there a
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sense of drive, ambition purpose to your life that shifts, that changes? do you think, "becaustu vida que must do--" >> people have told me different things like that. people have said to me, "you survived for a reason. there's a reason you're here. supposed to do something big," or some people say, "you survived because god was looking out for you that day," and both of those things are hard for me to take in. i believe i was lucky, simple as that, and i'm comfortable with that. he had all the cards in his hand, i say, and when he laid them down, i was one of the ones face up. oprah: so what's your ultimate goal? >> the ultimate goal is just to try to do something about gun violence in this country. "living for 32" is about not only the 32 people who were killed at virginia tech, but on average, there are 32 americans killed by guns every day in this country, so 30,000 people a year. 70,000 people are shot and survive. that's a huge number, and there are things we can do about that. so the ultimate goal is to try to make that impact, try to make it harder for the dangerous people to get their
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guns because, as you can see sobreviven en este it's really too easy. oprah: really too easy. thank you. thank you for being here. good-bye, everybody. thank you. miracles do happen. [captioning made possible by king world] [captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org] ♪ ♪ [ female announcer ] yoplait's real fruit and the goodness of dairy... gives you a little slice of happy. and happiness comes in 25 delicious flavors. explore them all. yoplait. it is so good. now the yoplait you love in a new four pack. try it today.
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get lunesta for a co-pay as low as zero dollars at lunesta.com discover a restful lunesta night. welcome back. we all know halloween is one of the most fun nights of the year for kids -- also one of most dangerous nights of the year. >> in fact, the number one halloween hazard is kids being hit by cars. elisabeth leamy reports about two girls who survived a real-life scare. >> do you think if we cut the side it will work? >> reporter: as melissa and haley prepare for halloween with typical teenage enthusiasm, you would never guess that last halloween they were almost killed. >> you just feel like i really am lucky. >> i am so thankful. that it all worked out okay. >> reporter: the girls and a dozen other ninth graders were walking along this road in woodenville, washington, after dark. melissa was little red riding
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hood. ironically, haley was dressed as the sun. they don't remember what happened next but their friends have told them. >> the car hit, hit me, dead on, and then swerved around back to melissa. >> i flew out of my shoes. like my shoes were planted right where i got hit. >> the first thing i remember was waking up with my mom holding my hand. >> reporter: their halloween scare, head injuries, a lacerated liver, two crushed legs, multiple surgeries, titanium rods, wheelchairs and casts. days in the hospital, weeks away from school. >> i remember when, before the accident, being able to run super fast and -- now i can't. >> reporter: of all the crashes where kids are struck and killed, 42% occur between the narrow window of 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. when cars are coming and the light is leaving. >> it turns into the perfect storm of things that can
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contribute to crashes. >> reporter: sometimes parents worry about exotic halloween hazards like tainted candy and forget about this, the most devastating danger of all. >> it's really important for parents to think about walking safety and visibility for their children on halloween. really is the top concern. >> reporter: other statistics to note to help keep your kids from becoming one, pedestrians death among 4 to 7-year-olds are decreasing. but deaths of 8 to 14 are on the rise. nearly 2/3 of the victims are boys. and the biggest danger lies in the middle of the block, not at an intersection. >> think about what you are doing and just be safe out there. >> the slightest moment could kill somebody. could take their life. >> reporter: a year later, haley and melissa are mostly recovered, although the pins in their legs cause them a lot of pain but they have turned that pain into passion. >> i think what i am most proud of is just how they turned a negative experience into -- an act of courage. >> reporter: the girls speak to
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school groups and distribute glow in the dark bracelets and neon road signs. their message -- stay alert and stay safe. and i am decked out in my halloween costume so we can do a demonstration for you. because, get this, in an informal cafemom.com survey, 56% of parents who voted said they didn't plan to put reflectors on their kids' costumes. we want to see if we can change your mind. we will hit the lights on the count of three -- one, two, three. i have basically disappeared. this is how hard it is to see a dark costume on a dark road. we still have some lights on me to simulate headlights you can't see me until i take off my outer cloak. look, my inner costume is decked out with fun halloween reflectors. i have glow stick bracelets. glow in the dark bracelets from girls in washington state and the necklace and don't forget to decorate your back as well.
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cars coming up behind. i like the blinky lights. and you know what? kids love this stuff. lights, please. for just a few dollars, you can make a huge difference in their safety. in washington, elisabeth leamy. abc news. >> if you want information on the girls' website about halloween safety tips -- stayalertstaysafe.com. good tips there. drive safe. standard advice. look before you cross the street. those kinds of things. good website. >> so often you are focused on them looking cute. they have to be reflective. >> yes. >> coming up next "the skinny" and madonna wants to make you sweat. >> mel gibson's ex turns down an offer to put more skin in the "skinny." that's next. gibson's ex turns down an offer to put more skin in the "skinny.ccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccc
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♪ skinny ♪ ♪ so skinny ♪ >> that's right, skinny time on this tuesday. interesting story here. the ex-wife of mel gibson, or were they married? ex-mistress. >> girlfriend. >> she reportedly got an offer, $75,000 to pose nude for "playboy," they said you can
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have the cover if you want it. so far, tmz is reporting she said no thanks. in fact it was a really succinct statement, not now, not ever, not for any amount of money would our client ever consider an offer to pose for "playboy." tmz is reporting, supposed to be a full nude spread. even though web sites are saying she is saying no, some people are saying she has a heaping helping of legal fees. she reportedly has 39 lawyers, even has a pr person. so some people saying she would never do it. i was curious. i didn't know what her previous job was. she was a pianist. not a former model not anything. saying not going to do it. >> "playboy" offers, girl from "real housewives of d.c.",
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j-wowww "jersey shore." >> the it people. >> the it people. well this is interesting to me. we watched madonna's career take these interesting twists and turns. 20 years ago, writhing on the floor of the mtv awards in white gown. now a mom and children's book author and all this. a new career path for madonna. she will open up a chain of fitness centers called hard candy fitness. now apparently, they'll have a grand opening in mexico city. november 29th. plans for ten additional clubs around the world. talking brazil, argentina, locations, europe, russia, no word on if she will have any here in the u.s. or not. but apparently, they said madonna will have her hands all over this thing. it will have a big voice in the design. what it is going to look like. branching out to a new business. so funny here. according to "forbes," this will not have any impact on her finances. her biggest source of revenue comes from touring. and estimate when she goes on tour she makes $6 million a night. when she goes on tour. a drop in the bucket. >> no doubt she knows fitness. >> couple alert. apparently, taylor swift and jake gyllenhall.
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going for another older man, she was reportedly linked with john may mayer, not reportedly linked with jake gyllenhall. she is 20. he is 29. john mayer the 33-year-old. spotted in new york. went to "saturday night live" together. they were backstage. they were seen together in brooklyn having breakfast. they were in park slope walking around. could be the new "it" couple. >> he'll break her heart. she will write a song about it. >> we'll all buy the song. >> exactly. oh, find love, taylor. good and bad news for t.i., l.a. county district attorney dropped the drug case against the rapper but he still has to go to jail stemming from another case where he was accused of, felony, felony drug possession, felony weapon charges as well. so he will report to jail begin another sentence on november 1st. t.i. cannot stay out of trouble. back to the slammer for the rapper. >> he can't have whatever he likes right now.
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action. take advil®. here are some stories to watch today on abc news. billionaire warren buffett recruited an executive to replace him at berkshire hathaway. this morning's "wall street journal" reports a little-known hedge fund manager may take his spot. education secretary arne duncan gives new guidelines to school administrators on how to handle bullies. ford motor company's earning report today could be its best in years. the automaker has plans to hire hundreds of people. finally this half-hour, a look at how 'shrooms are getting celebrity chefs in england in hot water. >> some chefs are even facing jail time for telling people where to pick the 'shrooms. they're not even the type used
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for illegal drugs. the bbc's greg wood explains. >> reporter: in the forest, the perfect autumn for mushrooms, warm, moist weather has seen fungi of all descriptions bursting forth in unprecedented quantities. touching them is strictly forbidden. even so, illegal mushroom picking has hit an all-time high. >> a pound in weight of the fungi that people would pick, 20, 30 pounds. so that's quite a big markup for something that is, effectively stealing from the forest. >> reporter: it may seem pretty harmless if you are walking in the forest to pick a few mushrooms, provided of course you know which ones are poisonous and which are safe to eat. but some people are picking mushrooms in commercial quantities. conservation managers are worried that will damage the forest habitat and animals that live here. but mushroom picking has its defenders. carolyn davey is an ecologist who runs courses teaching people how to forage for wild food. >> there is a huge demand. the bigger demand the greater the pressure on resources.
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there are some things you can pick forever and there won't be an impact. it is about foraging sustainably and sensibly. >> reporter: among walkers in epping forest there is support for the ban for mushroom picking. >> people are abusing mushroom picking and depleting the forest. >> people who pick mushrooms for home use, fine. the ones who want to collect hundreds of thousands for sale to make a profit i don't think it is quite right. >> reporter: it's become increasingly fashionable to use our natural habitat as a source of food, but that could place an unbearable strain on some of our most delicate ecosystems. greg wood, bbc news, epping forest. >> it makes you wonder if there is something like the forest here in new york. just go and pick 'shrooms. >> having a college flashback. just joking. >> that's the news for this half-hour.
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hiccup girl, she made worldwide headlines because of her hiccups, now the arrest making her infamous. weather watch. preparing for an unusual wind storm. and the mega ministry facing a hellish money problem. it's tuesday, october 26th. crystal cathedral, an iconic church. and very extremely elaborate, gorgeous buildings, for that to be in economic hard times telling as to where we are these days. >> interesting to hear some of the debtors they have, they had someone that gave them animals to re-create scenes, that person is out like $57,000.
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interesting. >> like live camels. on stages during their shows. interesting. good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> i'm vinita nair. four years ago, she became worldwide because of her nonstop hiccups. this morning, jennifer mee has a different kind of notoriety, in custody in florida accused of murder. brad wheelis has more. >> reporter: jennifer mee is once again getting worldwide attention four years after she asked for medical help for her hiccups. jennifer mee was just 15 when the hiccups started in school. doctors everywhere offered help back in 207. >> i have been to neurologists, pediatricians, cardiologists to get m.r.i.s, cat scans, blood work everything. >> and nothing? >> nothing. >> reporter: her ordeal began as quickly as it began. the hiccups stopped weeks later.
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now mee is charged with two others in the shooting death and robbery of shannon griffin in st. petersburg. >> she met him. they went behind the residence. and he was accosted by two subjects that were waiting for him. >> reporter: it has been a year since mee and her mother last spoke. family members were at the courthouse when mee was charged. >> you do not think she is capable of such a horrific thing? >> of course not. >> she wouldn't hurt anybody. >> reporter: police say mee met the victim online and accused her and accomplices of luring him to a vacant home where they stole $50 and shot him four times. >> she knew exactly everything that was going to happen with the robbery. obviously, she didn't expect it to go bad and didn't expect the individual to get shot. >> reporter: though police say mee and two others admit their wrongdoing, mee's grandmother said she fell in with the wrong crowd since her ordeal with the hiccups. across the midwest, wind warnings are posted as the region gets set for what could be the most severe storm in 70 years. they are securing everything that could blow around today from milwaukee to chicago. strong storms are expected to move through during this
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morning's rush hour. powerful winds will blow through the rest of the day. >> kind of really scary, some of the terms they're using to describe the storm system. >> for more details, accuweather meteorologist, ava dingis, joins us this morning. good morning. a powerful cyclone heading into the midwest and great lakes could be one of the most powerful storms of all time. ahead of that, a severe threat building into the great lakes region. even around chicago early in the day, this will be transitioning into indiana, ohio later into the day. the storms could bring damaging wind gusts, large hail and possibility of isolated tornados. that will continue to track eastward even into western pennsylvania as we head into the night. if that wasn't enough, we are tracking a large shield of heavy rain from the dakotas back into minnesota. and even some of this will be transitioning into the snow across the western dakotas. cities like bismarck heading into the night. the worst of the impact from the storm will be the wind. the storm center is deepening as it heads further east into the great lakes region.
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center of low pressure could be as low as category 2 hurricane. that tells you how strong the winds are going to be ripping across the plains. and about 35 to 55 miles per hour sustained winds throughout the day. back to you, rob, vinita. a look at your forecast. winds up to 50 miles an hour in the los angeles area. showers in the pacific northwest. 6 inches of snow in the cascades. a foot in the rockies. it is ski season. 5 to 10 degree as bov normal in the northeast. upper 60s meanwhile in new york and boston. 73 in baltimore. 60s from kansas city to indianapolis. 50 in the twin cities. 51 in seattle. 46 in salt lake city. 64 in sacramento. investigators in washington say a sugary alcohol energy drink sent four college freshmen to the hospital. now there is scrutiny about the drink called four loko, already banned on several campuses. the fda is reviewing the safety record. the maker of four loko insists drinkers have safely combined caffeine and alcohol for years.
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now to politics this morning. and one week to midterm elections. a new poll finds millions of voters still have not made up their mind. and president obama was trying to take advantage of that while campaigning in rhode island. jake tapper has the story. >> reporter: the president touched down in blue state rhode island, and there he took a shot against republicans for opposing his economic proposals. >> is's just playing politics. if you are going to talk a big game you, need to deliver. >> reporter: two years ago, then-candidate obama was known for visiting states and counties democrats had not won in years. all about rallying the base. providence is the 23rd straight visit to a county he won handily with an average of 70% of the vote. but the trip did not display the kind of democratic unity he might have hoped for the week before the election. with much focus on democratic gubernatorial candidate, frank caprio, the president did not endorse because he is fond of the independent candidate. >> he can take the endorsement
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and shove it. >> rancor was rampant. in alaska, lisa murkowski, running as a write-in candidate, attacked nominee, veteran, joe miller for ethical controversies. >> what would your classmates at west point say about how well you have lived up to your code of honor? joe is not fit to lead. i have been leading this state. i have been leading this state. >> reporter: operatives from both parties hope the discord doesn't dampen multi-million dollar get out the vote efforts. targeted ones, christine o'donnell on christian broadcasting network. >> god is the reason i am running. >> reporter: in an interview for abcnews.com, political punch, democrat in charge of the house campaign committee seemed optimistic to a point. >> do you have a prediction for next tuesday? >> i do. i think the democrats, confident the democrats are going to retain the majority in the house. >> how about a $10,000 bet? >> i will leave betting to other people.
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we can bet offline. >> reporter: asked for a prediction about next week one top democrat said, it feels ugly but the white house is not conceding anything. jake tapper, abc news, the white house. a nonstop day of intense campaigning for political heavyweights. former president bill clinton visits illinois. headlining rallies for candidates for governor and senate. vice president joe biden in new york attending two democratic events. senator john mccain in west virginia for a campaign rally for a gop senate candidate. tea party express bus tour stops at republican rallies in arkansas, tennessee and kentucky later today. afghan president hamid karzai confirmed reports he is receiving bags of money from iran amounting to millions of dollars a year. karzai says the money is used for government expenses. he says it's a relationship between neighbors and it will go on. he pointed out it is no different than what the americans are doing. >> the united states is doing
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the same thing. they're providing cash to some of our offices. if you like to have the details we will give you that too. >> the u.s. government doesn't give you cash -- >> it does give bags of money. yes. it does. >> let the government of afghanistan speak to how they spend the financial assistance received from other countries. but we remain skeptical of iran's motives. >> u.s. officials say the money from iran is further proof that tehran is wooing the afghan government while helping the taliban. bp's new chief executive made a firm defense of his company following the gulf oil disaster. ceo bob dudley admits bps response was not perfect but accuses the media of rushing to judgment before all the facts were known. and also says politicians and other oil companies stoked the public's fears about the spill. ford motor company is expected to announce what could be its biggest third quarter profit in history. the automaker's new models are selling. the company is ready to hire more workers.
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ford wants state tax credit to hire up to 1,200 in the detroit area over the next few years. the state of michigan will consider the request later today. interesting story this morning, law enforcement officials in a seaside italian town are doubling as fashion police and the hemline is their target. >> the town's conservative mayor pushed through a ban on skimpy clothing. anyone wearing a miniskirt short enough to reveal undergarments could be fined up to $700. necklines too plungingh, jeans too low slung are also a no-no. >> he also put a ban on shirtless men, swearing out loud and playing football in public parks. he wants it to be civilized society. some of the women in the democratic opposition party said we'll have a miniskirt rally. a bunch in miniskirts. went the other way. >> i will bring you that story, live, tomorrow on "world news
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now." we'll be back with more. stay with us.rt s. went the other way. st >> i will bring you that story, live, tomorrow on "world news now." we'll be back with more. stay with us.
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well, many of you remember the crystal cathedral and its once wildly popular show, "the hour of power." >> now the "hour of power" is the "half-hour of power" and the church is broke. its founder has returned hoping to find redemption. here is david wright. >> reporter: at the crystal cathedral in garden grove, california, the theme of worship yesterday was indebtedness. >> our ministry needs your prayers. >> reporter: the first sunday service since the church filed for bankruptcy.
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the founder's message to his flock had special poignancy. >> never look at what you have lost! never! never look at what you have left. >> reporter: over the past 50 years, dr. robert h. schuller built this place from a drive-in movie theater into america's original megachurch, complete with a weekly sunday broadcast. >> join us for america's television church, "the hour of power." >> reporter: "the hour of power," the first and longest-running television ministry in history. schuller famously saved evel knievel. >> the god you are praying is never going to give you anything. >> no, he wasn't. i was empty. >> reporter: upbeat and avuncular in that blue academic gown, one of the most recognizable preachers in america. >> the solution is not to look at the problem but to look at the possibilities. >> reporter: at its height his
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message of positive prayer reached an audience of millions. >> the tower of hope. >> reporter: the glory of christmas and easter pageants always featured live camels and donkeys. >> you are fond of this place? >> my god, i love the place. it was so inspiring. you walk on the campus and you are just exhilarated beyond description the way it was. now you walk on and you just feel heartbroken. just, literally, heartbroken. >> reporter: the church is now more than $50 million in debt. among the creditors left hanging, christina oliver. who is this? >> this is pistol. >> reporter: her family provided the animals for the christmas pageant for 30 years. i gather they haven't been paying their bills. >> correct. >> reporter: to the tune of, for you? >> $57,000. >> reporter: $57,000? >> yes. >> reporter: the olivers lost their house after the church didn't pay up last christmas. this year for the first time since pistol's grandfather first
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appeared at the crystal cathedral, these animals won't be taking part in the annual pageant. >> it is upsetting that a family representing the lord is mismanaging funds and not stepping up to the plate. >> reporter: the official explanation for the bankruptcy is the bad economy has taken its toll on the church's support base. >> never before in the history of the country have so many churches been in bankruptcy. >> reporter: insiders, including dr. schuller's son, robert a. schuller, tell a different story. >> i think if i was the leader there it would be a different story. >> reporter: robert a. had been groomed for years to succeed his father. his tenure lasted barely two years until his sisters and brothers-in-law forced him out. >> they said my sermons weren't adequate for the "hour of power" the then by october they said i
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could preach any time other than sunday mornings. and so with that i resigned. so -- you tell me whether i was forced out or resigned. >> doesn't sound like a happy parting of the ways. >> not really, no. >> robert a.'s daughter is even more blunt. >> when you mix faith, family and fame, it's a toxic combination. people start vying for positions of power and i think that's what led to the crystal cathedral crumbling. >> celebrate afternoons -- >> reporter: robert a. schuller runs a successful christian network with his son-in-law, which they purchased from unification church. robert a. schuller can envision a day when crystal cathedral may not have a schuller at the helm. >> nothing lasts forever. there is a season for everything under heaven, it says, a time to be born and a time to die. >> it is one thing to read that in the gospel. quite another thing -- >> to live it, yeah.
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yeah, it is. >> reporter: at the crystal cathedral they're living it under the supervision of a bankruptcy judge. david wright in garden grove, california. years ago my mom was a huge fan of that show, the packed churches, elaborate, see it empty. know there is family drama falling out at the church, strange to see and sad. >> he insists they will be back. a minor setback. when they filed for chapter 11, to the tune of $43 million before the cost of the pageants. >> announced on the steps of the chapel, the bankruptcy itself. we will see where it goes. >> coming up, the heartfelt trend at high school campuses. >> meet homecoming kings and queens with deep down winning spirits. we'll be right back. and queens deep down winning spirits. we'll be right back. kings and queens with deep down winning spirits. we'll be right back.
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were you the homecoming queen in high school? >> don't think i got invited.
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>> hard to believe. seems the times are changing, you don't have to be the head cheerleader or quarterback to be crowned king and queen. >> some of this year's winners are having the time of their lives. we can't help but celebrate with them. here is sharyn alfonsi. >> reporter: what makes britney mcgee beautiful isn't her blond hair or big blue eyes, the 17-year-old had her pick of escorts for homecoming. she made an unexpected choice. jordan rogers, a classmate with cerebral palsy and autism so severe he can't speak. he was so excited about homecoming, his mother said he slept with his suit in the bed, the week before the big dance. just when things didn't seem like they could get any better classmates voted the two homecoming queen and king. and then in austin, texas, john wheeled his daughter gracie to the 50 yard line where she was crowned homecoming queen. gracie was 2 years old when she
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was being treated for leukemia and suffered a brain injury. >> i was on the field with her, i kept whispering in her ear, gracie, you know, i am so proud of you. >> reporter: gracie needed a king. enter jared, crowned homecoming king that same night. >> jumped up, threw his hands in the air and waved. and took off running. >> reporter: similar fairy tale endings have played out across the country, new mexico, illinois, kansas. an entire generation now redefining royalty. sharyn alfonsi, new york. >> a family affair for the young man. apparently his mom, the boy's name is jordan, the mom graduated from the high school and was runner-up her senior year for the homecoming dance. then her son got to become part of that also. >> life comes full circle. giving those kids some nice memories. good news every now and then nice to see. >> coming up a pet project for halloween. >> dancers getting worldwide attention for their appearance. all coming up next in your "morning papers."r their appearan all coming up next in your
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welcome back. time for the morning papers. one you file under the dumb video of the day. there are german students who have won the ugly dance world cup. actual competition started back in 2009. when they describe this really as a weird celebration of -- of alternative dancing styles. so the whole, whole theme here is, competition that celebrates outstanding ugliness, creativity and singularity, unseen moves and of course the fun factor. basically all the idiots get together and do ridiculous dances. these folks from the german town won this competition doing their signature shy dance. you are not amused? >> my eww was the guy in the pink bandanna with stomach hair. has to be a prop.
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>> didn't like that look? >> didn't think it was a very flattering way to hike up the shirt. he could have done better. >> couple problems. >> take a look at the next photos is this dog abuse or something cute and clever? these are some costume canines in the 18th annual halloween day parade. first one, cleopatra, second one, we all kind of wondered how did they get this to work. if you take a closer look -- that is supposed to be lady gaga in the meat dress. it has to be plastic meat. how else does not dog not eat it? this one is clever. you can tell what it is. >> gracie in woof with the wind. >> gone with the wind. >> next one kit kat. interesting ones. someone did a dog as an ipad. pooch inside a tron arcade game. couple of ways to torture your animals if you are looking for something this halloween. >> i always wonder what the dogs feel like, the people put them in the clothes and costume. i feel bad for them. >> maybe they like dressing up. stepping out, out there. >> probably like it. you probably remember this guy,
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this became a huge youtube. internet sensation. antoine dobson. his claim to fame is he gave this ridiculous interview to a local news crew after a serious incident, his sister in a rough neighborhood in his town, he gives the interview to local crew. make the youtube, the gregory brothers do this crazy song, whatever. now his 15 minutes of fame is carrying into an actual commercial. he is now the pitchman for this reality sex offender tracking application. >> are you still hiding your kids, your wives and husbands. help is on the way. antoine for the sex offender tracker app. >> that's right. antoine is bringing in the money with the sex offender tracking application. which apparently is a real app, he extended his 15 minutes fame, from the original story, his family made enough money to move into a better house in a better
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one week to the midterm vote. the political heavyweights and their intense campaigning battle. then, wind warnings. a nasty storm system moves to the upper midwest. preparing for what may be an historic blast. and highway high -- driving under the influence of marijuana. >> i thought i was doing okay. >> an experiment in california. it's tuesday, october 26th. roadways of california could get interesting depending on what happens with the vote. >> so many people don't seem to think marijuana impairs driving, not as much alcohol. it significantly impairs things. >> well stay tuned. good morning, i'm rob nelson. >> i'm vinita nair.
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with exactly one week to go until midterm elections, a new ap poll finds millions of voters still haven't made up their mind. >> meanwhile, president obama is seizing on just that, plunging into the final week of the campaign with fierce attacks on republicans. john hendren joining us now. hi, john. >> reporter: good morning. president obama brought his campaign road tour to rhode island and not all democrats are happy about it. the president came to the smallest state, hoping to leave big lines at the polls. >> we will continue to help rebuild the american dream for all people. thank you very much, rhode island, god bless you. >> reporter: one rhode island democrat, one the president refused to endorse out of respect for his friendship with the independent candidate, did not welcome the campaigner in chief. >> he can take the endorsement and shove it. with polls showing democratic leads shrinking, seattle brought
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out first lady michelle obama. >> we're here to restore that dream. we are here because we believe that no child's future should be limited because of the neighborhood they're born in. >> reporter: in michigan, former president bill clinton. >> they believe tomorrow's electorate will not show up. if you prove them wrong, you will have a blowout here. >> with a week to go both sides indulged in political tradition, predicting victory. one place they're making headway is delaware, where christine o'donnell is trailing, but telling the christian broadcasting network that her decision to run comes from highest source. >> god is the reason i'm running. >> reporter: in the past week, president obama and former president clinton have been crisscrossing the nation. of course, joe biden, vice president, has been making campaign appearances. yesterday in new hampshire, his 100th. vinita, rob. the political heavyweights will concentrate on battleground states. bill clinton in illinois to give a boost to democrats running for governor and senate. vice president joe biden will attend at least two democratic events for congressional candidates in new york. senator john mccain helps a
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fellow republican running for senate in west virginia. the tea party express bus tour will be front and center at gop rallies in arkansas, tennessee and kentucky. on to our big story this tuesday morning, severe weather that is moving through several parts of the country. the milwaukee area is bracing for what could be an extremely messy morning commute today. >> the national weather service says what is coming could be the most dangerous storm to hit the midwest in 70 years. major thunderstorms are expected with hurricane force winds possibly on lake michigan. >> meanwhile, in tennessee, they're already cleaning up after day of storm there is. a tornado in the town of harrison brought down trees and power lines. it was a big mess there, but thankfully no reports of injuries. >> in georgia, lightning with golf ball to quarter-size hall. numerous tornado warnings in the area but no tornados were reported and there was no major damage, either.
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out west to oregon's mt. hood. driving was a challenge and ski shop owners gearing up for what they hope will be a long season on the slopes. as one said, a good season all really depends of course on weather. >> that storm we mentioned aiming at milwaukee and chicago is now being called a great lakes cyclone. >> for details on what they can expect, here is meteorologist, ava dingis. >> the storm system heading into the midwest could be the most powerful the great lakes has ever seen. right now the storm system is sparking stronger thunderstorms across illinois. these are going to transition eastward as we go throughout the day. not before impacting big cities like chicago. they could see damaging wind gusts and large hail to start off their day. that threat is shifting into the great lakes region from lower michigan back into even tennessee and kentucky. as we head later into the day, this storm threat could go late into the night. now not just the storms we're talking about. we will see a lot of rain building into the northern plains as well.
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back into minneapolis, omaha, right along this cold front we continue to track the severe threat into the upcoming hours. if that wasn't enough, high winds will be a major concern. this may be a bigger concern as the storm system, pressure dropping so low could be comparable to a category 2 hurricane. that will pound parts of the northern plains into the midwest with wind gusts as high as 60 miles an hour. rob, vinita? >> wild day in the midwest. thank you. here is the rest of the tuesday forecast. also windy in the southwest. gusts there could be, hit, 50 miles an hour hills around l.a. the showers from seattle to portland, up to a foot of mountain snow in the cascades, and in the rockies. showers across much of florida. >> 86 in miami. 60s in new york, boston. 63, chicago. 59, omaha. 48 in fargo. phoenix, 81. sacramento, 64. boise is 50. one last weather note. check out the power of nature. a house on the appropriately named washaway beach in washington state.
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well, it did just that over the weekend. the owner knew its days were numbered because of the imposing surf. everything was emptied out before the house literally fell into the water. >> wow. well, police are considering homicide charges this morning after a terrible accident in downtown l.a. a bmw ran a red light, hit and killed a pedestrian and then crashed into a school bus. the three young men inside the car tried to run away but were quickly caught by bystanders. the bus driver was seriously hurt. investigators are looking into whether alcohol might have been a factor. we all know college kids typically like to drink. but critics say the new alcoholic beverage is so dangerous it should be taken off the shelves altogether. it's a new sugary, alcoholic energy drink, four loko. >> nine freshmen in washington ended up in the hospital after drinking it. several states are considering outlawing the drink altogether. at least two universities have banned it. t.j. winick with the latest. hi, t.j.
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>> reporter: good morning. washington state officials have determined what sent nine college students to the hospital earlier this month. it's a legal over-the-counter product and its popularity is drawing the attention of law enforcement across the country. it was an off-campus party that went off the rails. >> they were falling down, their drinks were going everywhere. >> people were so drunk they didn't know what to do. >> reporter: it wasn't ecstasy nor date rape drugs that sent nine central washington university students to the hospital earlier this month. it was in fact a high alcohol energy drink called four loko. >> as we made entry into the house, we saw various individuals, both male and female, in various states of unconsciousness. >> reporter: blood alcohol levels ranged from .12 to .135%. >> couple things will happen. one you will get very, very sick. you will throw up and could die.
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>> one can of four loko contains 12% alcohol equal to six beers. >> cheap, discreet. not in a glass bottle. they're strong. >> feel all jittery and drunk. >> reporter: just last month, 23 intoxicated students from ramapo college in new jersey were hospitalized after drinking the beverage which goes by the street name liquid cocaine. >> people come in, vomiting, unconscious. loss of gag reflex. my concern is when somebody gets to the point of severe intoxication they can die. >> attorneys general in several states are investigating the marketing practices used to sell four loko. the company insists it goes above and beyond state and federal labeling requirements. rob, vinita. >> in addition, the six beers, they say drinking one is, six beers, couple cups of coffee and red bull. caffeine in addition to the alcohol. >> dangerous to say the least. when nature wouldn't take its course science stepped in.
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china in the midst of a baby boom. >> 19 super cute panda cubs were born in captivity this year bringing the population to more than 300. pandas long resisted breeding in captivity. even viagra failed to help. the artificial insemination program is clearly working. >> there are just 1,600 giant pandas left in the wild. scientists believe the breeding program will save the species from extinction. mention there is a forthcoming panda birth in the atlanta zoo. the first panda birth in this country in this year. >> good luck. breathe heavy, use your lamaze. we'll be right back. hehehere would you go next if you had a hoveround power chair? the statue of liberty? the grand canyon?
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how far would you go to lose weight? if there were risky, yet successful weight loss surgery your insurance did not cover, would you do it? >> a question facing millions of
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obese americans, desperate for any way to lose weight. matt gutman looks at a controversial new procedure. >> i'm melanie. i had my surgery five months ago. the gastric sleeve. i've lost 83 pounds. >> i am lucy, i had surgery 3 1/2 months ago, i lost 66 pound. >> i am cindy. i lost 158 pounds. in 11 months. >> reporter: these women are recent success stories in the never-ending battle against obesity. they're winning that fight not through diet or exercise, or even pills, but with an extreme surgery called vertical sleeve gastrectomy. in less than an hour, 85% of the stomach is removed permanently. some believe these drastic operations are the only real cure to obesity. >> talk about what is going on tomorrow. >> reporter: for holly the point of no return has arrived. >> i have always been on the obese side. not just carrying 20, 30 extra pounds.
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yeah, it's been a long time that i have dealt with it. ready to not deal with it anymore. ready to deal with some other things. >> reporter: first the surgery to deal with. that's dr. david tree, holly's bariatric surgeon, a preacher of the sleeve gastrectomy gospel. >> how much weight can they lose within the first three months? >> it varies depending what their weight is to start with. not unusual for us to see a patient lose 100 pounds in six months with this. >> reporter: what goes when the stomach is removed is a hormone that stimulates the appetite. >> most tell us after this surgery they're not hungry, ever. >> reporter: he advocates this over surgeries like gastric bypass or lap band because it's
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less complicated. it can be done on an outpatient basis. it is more affordable than a couple years ago it cost $30,000. now, just about $12,000. advances in laparoscopic technology enable him to perform multiple surgeries before lunch. with 15 million americans described as morbidly obese there is a demand. >> cost is $12,000 enough for everything. the savings, it's been shown by studies that it pays for itself in about three to four years. and if patients finance it, like buying an inexpensive car. but this lasts a lot longer than the car does. >> for the rest of his life, he will be physically unable to consume two medicine cups of food at a time. with the hormone removed he won't have the appetite he used to. >> you look better than a couple hours ago. >> a lit bit of pain. nothing unbearable or anything.
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>> reporter: complications can include leakage or fluid escaping from the stomach, because the surgery is relatively new, long term complications are unknown. just over four hours later, bob is woozy, achy and on his way home. >> the real hard part is not eating, i guess. i haven't quite figured all that out yet. >> slow and easy when you get up. >> reporter: one patient out the door. couple of hours later, a new round of prospective patients in the door. >> we have an epidemic. that is the definition of a health care epidemic. >> reporter: twice a month he offers a seminar for surgery some consider the best cure for the obesity epidemic. >> it is not uncommon for them to tell us after the surgery that they're not hungry. ever. >> reporter: getting rid of 85% of your stomach may be extreme, but for more and more folks it may be the only cure in their battle against obesity.
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i'm matt gutman in louisiana. >> other doctors have had time to talk to patients after gastric bypass, they realize once you stop eating that much, limited to so much, you can have vitamin deficiencies and malnutrition. the doctors in this study say after the patient has their stomach le seenssened they give them a hormone to stimulate their appetite appetite. >> i had a friend. similar surgery the got it done. blood pressure went down. sugar went down. make the choice best for you. best advice for people. when we come back, getting high and hitting the highway. >> some reporters' fascinating experiment involving marijuana and a driving test. see the eye opening results next. . see the eye opening results next. and a driving test. see the eye opening results next. ["knock on wood" playing]
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there is a proposition to legalize marijuana on the ballot next week. >> one tough question being asked, if marijuana is legalized how do you keep people from driving high? here is david wright. >> let's be honest, the war against marijuana has failed. >> reporter: a political campaign like no other. proposition 19 got an unusual road test last week. two journalists wanted to see what happens when potheads encounter potholes and hazards on the roads. they got some help from the california highway patrol. >> the experiment was to see how impaired i would be on pot. >> reporter: california has more drivers than any other state, 22 million of them. so a big concern here is whether legalizing marijuana would make the roads less safe. proponents of prop 19 insist it won't. >> impairment is rather slight. like taking antihistamine. >> the two journalists found driving and drugs don't mix. one of them nearly veered off the highway patrol test course.
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>> i wasn't okay. that was kind of shocking to me. >> reporter: public safety concerns are a big reason that support for prop 19 seems to be slipping. more than ten points behind likely voters in one recent poll. pollsters admit this measure could bring unlikely voters out of the woodwork. medical marijuana is already mainstream enough here that industrial growers like this one in oakland operate with full knowledge of city officials. >> we pay federal taxes, state taxes, we pay all the normal taxes of a business. >> prop 19 would mean a windfall of new revenues for cash-strapped cities and towns. by legalizing pot, california could save $1 billion a year in enforcement costs and generate as much as $350 million in tax revenues. david wright, abc news, los angeles. >> interesting, that journalists would subject themselves to marijuana for that. >> no one here at "world news now" would do that. not here. >> not for a test like that.
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>> we'll be right back, man. . not here. >> not for a test like that. >> we'll be right back, man.
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at lunesta.com discover a restful lunesta night. ♪ like the only one that you'll ever love ♪ ♪ like i'm the only one that has your heart ♪ >> all right, i am an only child. i was spared the embarrassment of a black sheep in the family. actor dennis quaid, not so lucky. >> his brother randy quaid and his wife have had their run-ins with the law, now they're claiming their lives are at stake. and diana alvear has the latest. good morning. >> reporter: vinita, rob, good morning. this story can't get any more bizarre. the quaids are now claiming they're not fugitives after all. they're simply trying to outrun a murder squad. and they're asking the canadian government for help. >> hi.
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>> reporter: sounds like a script from one of his movies. but randy quaid's reality has become stranger than fiction. he and his wife say they're seeking asylum in canada. on the run from star whackers, a group they claim killed actors heath ledger and david carradine. a popular actor, appearing in comedies and dramas, randy quaid's bizarre behavior earned him more mugshots than awards. >> he is unemployable and looks look the kind of car crash that producers, powerful people, want to have nothing to do with. >> reporter: in 2009, the quaids were arrested for running out on a $10,000 hotel bill. recently the couple was charged with burglary for squatting on a property they previously owned. they ditched their court appearance last week, surfacing in canada. arrested by border patrol and released on $10,000 bail. their attorney is working to
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secure asylum for the couple. one legal expert tells abc news she doesn't expect canada to play along. >> if they were concerned about their safety why didn't they go to the court in santa barbara like they were supposed to and tell the judge there i'm concerned about my safety? >> reporter: instead the quaids are pleading their case to the media. one more odd detail to add, the couple claim they should be released on bail they need it to take care of their puppy. they're expected back in canadian court later this week. rob, vinita? >> all this actually makes cousin eddie look normal in the movies. >> lot of people are tracing this back to failed attempt at a musical "lone star love" in 2007. a lot of the fallout, the downward spiral, happened from the lack of success. >> he comes from a famous hollywood family, hopefully they rally behind him. get him back on track. bizarre. >> bizarre conspiracy. that is the news for this half hour. you can follow us on facebook. you can follow us on facebook. half-hour. you can follow us on facebook.wowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowo
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campaign controversy -- the big democratic issue in a small new england state now getting national attention. then -- halloween hazards. a safety message from two girls. >> i'm so thankful that it all worked out okay. >> the accident that could have killed them. and fungus fight, who is stopping connoisseurs on the hunt for wild mushrooms? it's tuesday, october 26th. i don't know that most people are familiar with truffles, you may have eaten them but not known what they are. they're essentially mushrooms that are just grown underground. they're very, very expensive. >> and very delicious. >> yes. good morning. thank you for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm rob nelson.
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in just seven days now, voters will finally head to the polls for the big midterm elections. >> a new ap survey finds one in three voters is still undecided. john hendren is looking at what both parties need to do to seal the deal. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning, vinita, rob. with a week to go, president obama is making his closing arguments for endangered democrats and stirring up a little controversy in the process. president obama came to the smallest state with big hopes. >> we will continue to help rebuild the american dream for all people. thank you very much, rhode island. god bless you. >> reporter: one rhode island democrat, one the president refused to endorse out of respect with his friendship for the independent, did not welcome the campaigner in chief. >> he can take the endorsement and shove it. >> reporter: with polls showing republican leads shrinking, democrats brought out the big names. in seattle, michelle obama -- >> we are here to restore the dream. we are here because we believe no child's future should be
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limited because of the neighborhood they're born in. >> reporter: in michigan, former president bill clinton. >> they believe tomorrow's electorate will not show up. if you prove them wrong, you will have a blowout here. >> reporter: with a week to go, both sides indulged in a political tradition, predicting victory. >> i think you will see an unprecedented wave on election day that will surprise a lot of people. >> i'm confident the democrats will retain the majority in the house. >> one place democrats are making headway is delaware where christine o'donnell is trailing. telling the christian broadcasting network her decision to run comes from the highest source. >> god is the reason i'm running. >> reporter: the obamas and former president clinton aren't the only big names campaigning for endangered democrats. vice president joe biden logged his 100th appearance. >> the bitter battle for senate in kentucky boiled over into the crowd yesterday. a rand paul supporter stomped on the head of a woman representing moveon.org.
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people in the crowd pulled the woman's blond wig off. she later filed an assault charge. republican and tea party favorite paul is in a tight contest with democrat jack conway. ouch. turning to the weather. what forecasters say could be the most dangerous storm to hit the midwest in 70 years. in milwaukee, they are preparing for its arrival, expected to be around the morning rush. the entire region will likely see severe thunderstorms. before dangerous wind move through. there could be hurricane-force gusts over lake michigan. in southeastern tennessee, still plenty of cleaning up to be done. a day of severe weather included one tornado that brought down trees and power lines. the storm winds were said to be around 70 miles an hour. lots of damage, but luckily, no injuries reported. they are talking about today's midwest weather in almost catastrophic terms. >> we are joined by accuweather meteorologist, ava dingis. good morning.
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>> a very powerful cyclone headed for the midwest and great lakes, it could be one of the most powerful of all time. we are tracking the storm system, as the center of it is heading through minnesota back into wisconsin. out ahead of that along the cold front we will see stronger thunderstorms, anywhere from chicago, throughout the mid morning hours, transitioning into indiana and eventually lower michigan throughout the midday and towards cleveland as we head later into the day. thunderstorms could bring damaging wind gusts, possibility of large hail and isolated tornados. that threat could go all the way down into louisiana and back towards mississippi. now rain is also a problem. heavy rain building from the dakotas back into minnesota. if that wasn't enough, we are tracking extremely strong winds. this low-pressure center, this cyclone moving into the great lakes could be as powerful as a category 2 hurricane and will slam portions of the northern plains, midwest, with winds at 35 to 55 miles an hour strong enough to knock down trees and even power. now back to you, rob, vinita. >> thanks, eva. and now to the rest of the weather.
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winds are gusty, not as strong in the los angeles area. light rain, pacific northwest. heavy mountain snow in the cascades and rockies. showers from miami to jacksonville. i think i said ava, i meant eva. sorry, ava. 69 here in new york. detroit hit 70. kansas city, 64 minneapolis, 50. 40s in salt lake city and billings. 51 in seattle. 60 in albuquerque. hurricane richard has deflated to nothing more than a tropical depression as it enters the gulf of mexico this morning. wind are barely hitting 35 miles an hour, now, that is a far cry from the power it was packing when it pummeled the central american nation of belize and damaged thousands of flimsy homes there. the cholera outbreak in haiti is likely to get worse. health officials say it may spread to the dominican republic. more than 250 people have died so far. our dr. richard besser has traveled to the impoverished area where the outbreak started.
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>> reporter: we journey to the epicenter of the outbreak. as we got close, a disturbing scene. people bathing and collecting water to drink from the river, exactly what you shouldn't do during a cholera outbreak. a man told me they were scared. he knew two people who had already died with the disease. but they had no other options. are they delivering clean water to your town? >> no. there is nothing coming. >> reporter: when we reached the town of st. marc, the center of the outbreak, we came across the crowded hospital. on the front gate there is a sign right here, saying that they need more doctors, more nurses they don't have enough staff to get the job done. rescue workers are rushing here trying to keep up with demand. patients are streaming in too. without emergency hydration, cholera can kill in a matter of hours. this hospital alone is now treating 600 new patients daily. they're working frantically around the clock to build an entire 400-bed hospital. take a look at this. these tents, they will take care of 400 of the sickest cholera patients who need ivs.
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when did you start building this? >> yesterday. yesterday. >> yesterday, when will it be open? >> maximum wednesday. >> reporter: whether or not the disease spreads to the nation's capital, a nightmare scenario, depends on whether towns around the outbreak have clean drinking water. we entered a home and tested their tap water to see if it was chlorinated. chlorine kills cholera bacteria. with a simple test, in minutes i can determine whether the water is safe to drink. i discovered it is not. it is a troubling discovery. one that may mean scenes like this could spread across this battered country. dr. richard besser, abc news, st. marc, haiti. bps new chief executive is hitting back after the gulf oil disaster. ceo bob dudley accused the media of a "great rush to judgment before all the facts were known about the spill." he also said some politicians
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and other oil companies only stoked the public's fears. dudley insists bp can recover financially after all the millions of dollars in costs stemming from the historic spill. the head of the washington state potato commission is taking his job really seriously. in fact, that is a job too. he says he is eating nothing but spuds for the next two months. so far he made it to day 24. >> all right. chris voight had to get creative. mashed potatoes, pickled potatoes, potato lasagne, layers of mashed potatoes in between crisp potatoes and potato ice cream, a big fat flop. so far, he has actually dropped a little weight, 12 pounds to be exact. we wonder what thanksgiving is going to be like without nothing but all the taters. >> he says he is doing this to raise awareness about the nutritional value of potato. if you question if he likes them, he has a video out, called how to make mashed potatoes like a man. >> not a low carb diet. good luck, dude. more after this. ♪ mashed potato ♪
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get lunesta for a co-pay as low as zero dollars at lunesta.com discover a restful lunesta night. welcome back. we all know halloween is one of the most fun nights of the year for kids -- also one of most dangerous nights of the year. >> in fact, the number one halloween hazard is kids being hit by cars. elisabeth leamy reports about two girls who survived a real-life scare. >> do you think if we cut the side it will work? >> reporter: as melissa and haley prepare for halloween with typical teenage enthusiasm, you would never guess that last halloween they were almost killed. >> you just feel like i really am lucky. >> i am so thankful. that it all worked out okay. >> reporter: the girls and a dozen other ninth graders were walking along this road in woodenville, washington, after dark. melissa was little red riding hood. ironically, haley was dressed as the sun. they don't remember what happened next but their friends have told them. >> the car hit, hit me, dead on, and then swerved around back to melissa. >> i flew out of my shoes.
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like my shoes were planted right where i got hit. >> the first thing i remember was waking up with my mom holding my hand. >> reporter: their halloween scare, head injuries, a lacerated liver, two crushed legs, multiple surgeries, titanium rods, wheelchairs and casts. days in the hospital, weeks away from school. >> i remember when, before the accident, being able to run super fast and -- now i can't. >> reporter: of all the crashes where kids are struck and killed, 42% occur between the narrow window of 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. when cars are coming and the light is leaving. >> it turns into the perfect
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storm of things that can contribute to crashes. >> reporter: sometimes parents worry about exotic halloween hazards like tainted candy and forget about this, the most devastating danger of all. >> it's really important for parents to think about walking safety and visibility for their children on halloween. really is the top concern. >> reporter: other statistics to note to help keep your kids from becoming one, pedestrians death among 4 to 7-year-olds are decreasing. but deaths of 8 to 14 are on the rise. nearly 2/3 of the victims are boys. and the biggest danger lies in the middle of the block, not at an intersection. >> think about what you are doing and just be safe out there. >> the slightest moment could kill somebody. could take their life. >> reporter: a year later, haley and melissa are mostly recovered, although the pins in their legs cause them a lot of pain but they have turned that pain into passion. >> i think what i am most proud of is just how they turned a negative experience into -- an
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act of courage. >> reporter: the girls speak to school groups and distribute glow in the dark bracelets and neon road signs. their message -- stay alert and stay safe. and i am decked out in my halloween costume so we can do a demonstration for you. because, get this, in an informal cafemom.com survey, 56% of parents who voted said they didn't plan to put reflectors on their kids' costumes. we want to see if we can change your mind. we will hit the lights on the count of three -- one, two, three. i have basically disappeared. this is how hard it is to see a dark costume on a dark road. we still have some lights on me to simulate headlights you can't see me until i take off my outer cloak. look, my inner costume is decked out with fun halloween reflectors. i have glow stick bracelets. glow in the dark bracelets from girls in washington state and the necklace and don't forget to decorate your back as well. cars coming up behind.
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i like the blinky lights. and you know what? kids love this stuff. lights, please. for just a few dollars, you can make a huge difference in their safety. in washington, elisabeth leamy. abc news. >> if you want information on the girls' website about halloween safety tips -- stayalertstaysafe.com. good tips there. drive safe. standard advice. look before you cross the street. those kinds of things. good website. >> so often you are focused on them looking cute. they have to be reflective. >> yes. >> coming up next "the skinny" and madonna wants to make you sweat. >> mel gibson's ex turns down an offer to put more skin in the "skinny." that's next. "skinny." that's next. gibson's ex turns down an offer to put more skin in the "skinny. n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n
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♪ skinny ♪ ♪ so skinny ♪ >> that's right, skinny time on this tuesday. interesting story here. oksana, the ex-wife of mel gibson, or were they married? ex-mistress. >> girlfriend. >> she reportedly got an offer, $75,000 to pose nude for "playboy," they said you can
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have the cover if you want it. so far, tmz is reporting she said no thanks. in fact, it was a really succinct statement, not now, not ever, not for any amount of money would our client ever consider an offer to pose for "playboy." tmz is reporting, supposed to be a full nude spread. even though web sites are saying she is saying no, some people are saying she has a heaping helping of legal fees. she reportedly has 39 lawyers, even has a pr person. so some people saying she would never do it. i was curious. i didn't know what her previous job was. she was a pianist. not a former model not anything. saying not going to do it. >> "playboy" offers, girl from "real housewives of d.c.", j-wowww "jersey shore." >> the it people. >> the it people. well this is interesting to me. we watched madonna's career take these interesting twists and turns. 20 years ago, writhing on the floor of the mtv awards in white
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gown. now a mom and children's book author and all this. a new career path for madonna. she will open up a chain of fitness centers called hard candy fitness. now apparently, they'll have a grand opening in mexico city. november 29th. plans for ten additional clubs around the world. talking brazil, argentina, locations in europe, russia, no word on if she will have any here in the u.s. or not. but apparently, they said madonna will have her hands all over this thing. will have a big voice in the design. what it is going to look like. branching out to a new business. so funny here. according to "forbes," this will not have any impact on her finances. her biggest source of revenue comes from touring. and estimate when she goes on tour she makes $6 million a night. when she goes on tour. a drop in the bucket. >> no doubt she knows fitness. >> couple alert.
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apparently, taylor swift and jake gyllenhall. going for another older man, she was reportedly linked with john mayer, not reportedly linked with jake gyllenhall. she is 20. he is 29. john mayer the 33-year-old. spotted in new york. went to "saturday night live" together. they were backstage. they were seen together in brooklyn having breakfast. they were in park slope walking around. could be the new "it" couple. >> he'll break her heart. she will write a song about it. >> we'll all buy the song. >> exactly. oh, find love, taylor. good and bad news for t.i., l.a. county district attorney dropped the drug case against the rapper but he still has to go to jail stemming from another case where he was accused of, felony, felony drug possession, felony weapon charges as well. so he will report to jail begin another sentence on november 1st. t.i. cannot stay out of trouble. back to the slammer for the rapper. >> he can't have whatever he likes right now.
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action. take advil®. here are some stories to watch today on abc news. billionaire warren buffett recruited an executive to replace him at berkshire hathaway. this morning's "wall street journal" reports a little-known hedge fund manager may take his spot. education secretary arne duncan gives new guidelines to school administrators on how to handle bullies. ford motor company's earning report today could be its best in years. the automaker has plans to hire hundreds of people. finally this half hour, a look at how 'shrooms are getting celebrity chefs in england in hot water. >> some chefs are even facing jail time for telling people where to pick the 'shrooms. they're not even the type used for illegal drugs. the bbc's greg wood explains. >> reporter: in the forest, the
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perfect autumn for mushrooms, warm, moist weather has seen fungi of all descriptions bursting forth in unprecedented quantities. touching them is strictly forbidden. even so, illegal mushroom picking has hit an all-time high. >> a pound in weight of the fungi that people would pick, 20, 30 pounds. so that's quite a big markup for something that is, effectively stealing from the forest. >> reporter: it may seem pretty harmless if you are walking in the forest to pick a few mushrooms, provided of course you know which ones are poisonous and which are safe to eat. but some people are picking mushrooms in commercial quantities. conservation managers are worried that will damage the forest habitat and animals that live here. but mushroom picking has its defenders. carolyn davey is an ecologist who runs courses teaching people how to forage for wild food. >> there is a huge demand.
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the bigger demand the greater the pressure on resources. there are some things you can pick forever and there won't be an impact. it is about foraging sustainably and sensibly. >> reporter: among walkers in epping forest there is support for the ban for mushroom picking. >> people are abusing mushroom picking and depleting the forest. >> people who pick mushrooms for home use, fine. the ones who want to collect hundreds of thousands for sale to make a profit i don't think it is quite right. >> reporter: it's become increasingly fashionable to use our natural habitat as a source of food, but that could place an unbearable strain on some of our most delicate ecosystems. greg wood, bbc news, epping forest. >> it makes you wonder if there is something like the forest here in new york. just go and pick 'shrooms. >> having a college flashback. just joking. >> that's the news for this half-hour.
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